Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 4:43 pm on 2nd July 1991.

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Photo of Mr Bryan Gould Mr Bryan Gould , Dagenham 4:43 pm, 2nd July 1991

No, I am about to finish.

Above all, if we are serious about tackling the housing crisis, as we must be, we must build more houses. I call on the Government even now to put the unused resources, skills and capital to work—to release some of the money currently held by local authorities so that, with the help of the construction industry, they can build immediately 50,000 homes in a crash programme, so as to make a start on housing the homeless. That would be only a start, but a start already too long delayed.

If the Minister will not commit himself to that simple, direct and humane step now, the homeless and all those whose housing needs are not met will, along with the rest of the country, draw only one conclusion: they need a Labour Government to provide them with the houses that they need. We shall do that job for them.